The Chinese Pavilion

An exotic out-of-town residence

The Chinese Pavilion at Drottningholm is something unusual – a Chinese out-of-town residence. It was built in 1753 as a much-appreciated birthday gift to Queen Louisa Ulrika from King Adolf Fredrik.The pavilion was constructed in the Chinese-inspired style that was the height of fashion in Europe at the time.

The original wooden structure was replaced in the 1760s by a more durable structure, which still today represents one of the finest examples of European rococo Chinese-style furnishing. The Chinese Pavilion combines European rococo and its ideals with dreams of the exotic.

A row of other buildings, also in Chinese style, are associated with the pavilion.

One of these is the building known as Confidencen, a dining building where the dining table and serving table were laid on the floor below, from where, on a signal from above, the tables would be hoisted up into the dining room. This was so that their royal highnesses could eat undisturbed without the presence of servants, thus en confidence. The pavilion is open to visitors during the summer months.

Along with the rest of the Royal Domain at Drottningholm, the Chinese Pavilion is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.


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